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heart(3)		   Erlang Module Definition		      heart(3)

       heart - Heartbeat monitoring of an Erlang runtime system.

       This  modules  contains the interface to	the heart process. heart sends
       periodic	heartbeats to an external port program,	which  is  also	 named
       heart.  The  purpose of the heart port program is to check that the Er-
       lang runtime system it is supervising is	still  running.	 If  the  port
       program	has not	received any heartbeats	within HEART_BEAT_TIMEOUT sec-
       onds (defaults to 60 seconds), the system can be	rebooted.

       An Erlang runtime system	to be monitored	by a heart program  is	to  be
       started	with  command-line  flag  -heart  (see also erl(1)). The heart
       process is then started automatically:

       % erl -heart ...

       If the system is	to be rebooted because of  missing  heartbeats,	 or  a
       terminated  Erlang  runtime  system, environment	variable HEART_COMMAND
       must be set before the system is	started. If this variable is not  set,
       a warning text is printed but the system	does not reboot.

       To  reboot on Windows, HEART_COMMAND can	be set to heart	-shutdown (in-
       cluded in the Erlang delivery) or to any	other  suitable	 program  that
       can activate a reboot.

       The  environment	 variable  HEART_BEAT_TIMEOUT can be used to configure
       the heart time-outs; it can be set in the operating system shell	before
       Erlang is started or be specified at the	command	line:

       % erl -heart -env HEART_BEAT_TIMEOUT 30 ...

       The value (in seconds) must be in the range 10 <	X <= 65535.

       When  running  on OSs lacking support for monotonic time, heart is sus-
       ceptible	to system clock	adjustments of	more  than  HEART_BEAT_TIMEOUT
       seconds.	 When  this  happens,  heart times out and tries to reboot the
       system. This can	occur, for example, if the system  clock  is  adjusted
       automatically by	use of the Network Time	Protocol (NTP).

       If  a crash occurs, an erl_crash.dump is	not written unless environment
       variable	ERL_CRASH_DUMP_SECONDS is set:

       % erl -heart -env ERL_CRASH_DUMP_SECONDS	10 ...

       If a regular core dump is wanted, let heart know	by  setting  the  kill
       signal  to  abort using environment variable HEART_KILL_SIGNAL=SIGABRT.
       If unset, or not	set to SIGABRT,	the default behavior is	a kill	signal
       using SIGKILL:

       % erl -heart -env HEART_KILL_SIGNAL SIGABRT ...

       If  heart  should not kill the Erlang runtime system, this can be indi-
       cated using the environment variable HEART_NO_KILL=TRUE.	 This  can  be
       useful if the command executed by heart takes care of this, for example
       as part of a specific cleanup sequence. If unset, or not	set  to	 TRUE,
       the default behaviour will be to	kill as	described above.

       % erl -heart -env HEART_NO_KILL 1 ...

       Furthermore,  ERL_CRASH_DUMP_SECONDS  has  the  following  behavior  on

	   Suppresses the writing of a crash dump file entirely, thus  reboot-
	   ing the runtime system immediately. This is the same	as not setting
	   the environment variable.

	   Setting the environment variable to a negative value	does  not  re-
	   boot	 the  runtime  system  until  the crash	dump file is completly

	   heart waits for S seconds to	let the	crash dump  file  be  written.
	   After  S  seconds,  heart  reboots  the runtime system, whether the
	   crash dump file is written or not.

       In the following	descriptions, all functions fail with reason badarg if
       heart is	not started.

       heart_option() =	check_schedulers

       set_cmd(Cmd) -> ok | {error, {bad_cmd, Cmd}}


		 Cmd = string()

	      Sets  a  temporary  reboot  command.  This  command is used if a
	      HEART_COMMAND other than the one specified with the  environment
	      variable is to be	used to	reboot the system. The new Erlang run-
	      time  system  uses  (if  it  misbehaves)	environment   variable
	      HEART_COMMAND to reboot.

	      Limitations:  Command string Cmd is sent to the heart program as
	      an ISO Latin-1 or	UTF-8 encoded binary, depending	on  the	 file-
	      name  encoding mode of the emulator (see file:native_name_encod-
	      ing/0). The size of the encoded binary must be  less  than  2047

       clear_cmd() -> ok

	      Clears the temporary boot	command. If the	system terminates, the
	      normal HEART_COMMAND is used to reboot.

       get_cmd() -> {ok, Cmd}


		 Cmd = string()

	      Gets the temporary reboot	command. If the	 command  is  cleared,
	      the empty	string is returned.

       set_callback(Module, Function) ->
		       ok | {error, {bad_callback, {Module, Function}}}


		 Module	= Function = atom()

	      This  validation	callback will be executed before any heartbeat
	      is sent to the port program. For the validation  to  succeed  it
	      needs to return with the value ok.

	      An exception within the callback will be treated as a validation

	      The callback will	be removed if the system reboots.

       clear_callback()	-> ok

	      Removes the validation callback call before heartbeats.

       get_callback() -> {ok, {Module, Function}} | none


		 Module	= Function = atom()

	      Get the validation callback. If the callback  is	cleared,  none
	      will be returned.

       set_options(Options) -> ok | {error, {bad_options, Options}}


		 Options = [heart_option()]

	      Valid options set_options	are:

		  If enabled, a	signal will be sent to each scheduler to check
		  its responsiveness.  The  system  check  occurs  before  any
		  heartbeat  sent to the port program. If any scheduler	is not
		  responsive enough the	heart program  will  not  receive  its
		  heartbeat and	thus eventually	terminate the node.

	      Returns with the value ok	if the options are valid.

       get_options() ->	{ok, Options} |	none


		 Options = [atom()]

	      Returns {ok, Options} where Options is a list of current options
	      enabled for heart. If the	callback is cleared, none will be  re-

Ericsson AB			  kernel 8.3			      heart(3)


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